I'm not sure about you, but I've always had this deep, pervasive fear that I'm missing it. Missing the magic of the small moments that make up my ordinary day.
For instance, as I woke up my 10-year-old son this morning, I put my hand in his and noticed for the first time that he has the beginnings of calluses across his palm. All that baseball is toughening up his skin. Upon my realization, I mourned what feels like one more rock falling off the cliff of what's left of my child's early childhood. That cliff will eventually fall down completely.
Moments like that take my breath away. I know the slow erosion is inevitable, and I desperately don't want to miss it.
In her book "When the Heart Waits," Sue Monk Kidd points out that the difference between "nowhere" and "now here" is a space. It's so true, right? Making space to live - and being AWARE of your living - in the moment makes all the difference of being here, right now, or being nowhere.
Too often, we're stuck in our past (reliving with regret) or projecting ourselves into an imagined future we hope is easier and more joyful (if...then...). Tragically, we're missing out on the beauty of what today has to offer us. Kidd puts it simply, "Now is all you really have. It's the only place where you and life intersect."
How can we make space and practice awareness so we don't miss it? Try one of these options today:
Go for a walk and look for new things to notice along familiar paths.
Walk barefoot in the grass and take in how it feels.
Close your eyes and listen for the farthest sound you can hear and then the closest sound you can hear.
Try out a breathing exercise.
Write down three things you're grateful for.
Journal about your day and take time to savor a small moment you want to hold onto.
My prayer is that you are overwhelmed every day by how good our God is to create so much beauty in your ordinary moments. Take note in whatever way works best for you. I don't want you to miss it.
If you need support, let's talk. I help women develop holy grit on the journey to living the the life God created them for. You can grab some time here.
Cheering you on,